Community Events

  • En Plein Air painting opportunity at Bernheim

    Inspired by Bernheim is a plein air opportunity for artists to utilize Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest’s natural beauty as the subject matter for a juried exhibition. Artists will be given the opportunity to paint in the setting of their choice throughout Bernheim’s arboretum from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30. Artists will receive a certificate for free weekend admission during this time; admission is free to all during the week days.

  • Nelson County Jaycees to host Chili Cook-off

    Football season is upon us, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival has wrapped up leaving a dropping thermometer. What better way to warm up than with a nice, warm cup of chili. The Bardstown-Nelson County Jaycees are going to provide you with that opportunity. In conjunction with the Bardstown Arts & Crafts Fair the Jaycees will host a Chili Cook-off Oct. 8.

  • Thursday is Kids’ Day

    The Bardstown Rotary Club will sponsor its annual Kid’s Day 4-6 p.m. Thursday on the lawn in front of Bardstown City Hall.

    Bardstown Rotary Club President Mechelle Waltz said the event is free to every child in Nelson County and everyone is invited.

    There will be free ice cream, bouncy houses, arts and crafts, face painting and a rope bridge set up by local Boy Scouts. The Bardstown-Nelson County Fire Department will pull out one of its engines for children to look at, if one is available.

  • Windsor Gardens fall festival set for Oct. 1

    Windsor Gardens will be having its annual fall festival 4-7 p.m. Oct. 1.

    There will be a variety of games and activities, a cake walk, and a silent auction.

    There will also be a chili supper available for $3 per person.

    For more information, call 349-6214.

  • Book explores the beauty, art of opera

    Thomson Smillie loves the opera.

    In fact, he’s spent nearly his entire working life in the opera. The Scotland native spent 12 years with the Scottish Opera, two years as general manager of the Opera Company of Boston and 17 seasons as general director of Kentucky Opera.

    Though basically retired now, Smillie travels throughout the world lecturing on cruise lines about the performing arts, particularly opera. His hope is to develop a love for the opera in others.

  • Photo: Leota Cissell turns 90
  • Boone horse ride will benefit St. Vincent DePaul Church

    A horse ride will be noon Oct. 1 at Fred Boone’s Farm, 5690 New Hope Road, New Hope. Entertainment will include music and cloggers starting at 2 p.m. An auction will be at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds will go to St. Vincent DePaul Church, New Hope.

  • Around Kentucky: Sept. 28, 2011

    Through Feb. 25: Announcing a new exhibition at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, An Artful Array: Bowls by Kentucky Artisans, on display at the Center Aug. 27, 2011 – Feb. 25, 2012.

    Sept. 30, Oct.1-2: The 55th Annual St. James Court Art Show is Sept. 30-Oct. 2.  The Art Show has been rated as the No. 1 art show in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine for the second year in a row.  Previously the show has attracted more than 175,000 people and has featured 720 artists in the three square block show site.

  • SpongeBob is coming to New Haven

    SpongeBob Squarepants and his sidekick, Patrick, will emerge from their usual undersea dwellings to hitch a ride at the Kentucky Railway Museum this weekend.

    The popular Nickelodeon icon will have a meet-and-greet Saturday and Sunday.

    The museum will also have SpongeBob Squarepants temporary tattoos, a magic show and other activities.

    The train departs 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and noon and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18 per person, children younger than 2 ride for free. Reservations are recommended.

  • Bloomfield’s Harvest Homecoming set for this weekend

    Special to The Kentucky Standard


    Sammy Beam has lived in Hollywood for 18 years, working as an interior designer and decorative artist, mostly for the rich and famous. But he hasn’t forgotten his local roots.

    That’s why, come this weekend, Beam will be in Bloomfield and not Hollywood, having a great time at the Northeast Nelson Historical Harvest Festival.